Cornish College of the Arts: Cornish Commons

2016 | Educational Facilities | National Award of Excellence | National Award of Merit

Design-Build Team Summary

Challenge Design-Build Project Delivery Addressed

The design-build delivery method was specifically chosen to accelerate the design and construction schedule, ensure forward momentum at each stage, eliminate cost ambiguity, and safeguard a quality-level consistent with the expectations of the owner.


Cornish College of the Arts is a small, private, liberal arts school located in the heart of Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. In 2013, Cornish realized that their current housing stock was under-served and was simultaneously notified that it was losing its lease on their existing housing facilities. Faced with an urgent problem, the design-build team was able to deliver a state-of-the-art, live/learn facility for students, faculty, and staff on an accelerated schedule.

Design-Build Team

Client/Owner: Capstone Development Partners, LLC
Design-Builder: Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty Company
General Contractor: Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty Company
Architect: Ankrom Moisan Architects
Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
Specialty Contractors: Cochran, Holaday Parks
Specialty Consultant: O’Brien & Company
Duration of Construction: 17 months
Project Cost: $35,127,638